Greece in 9 Days
Essence of Athens & Sublime Cyclades
The perfect trip for those looking to encounter both the legendary history of ancient Greece and the sublime beaches of the Greek Islands with stays in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.
Head to Greece to uncover the essence of Athens as you visit its ancient Acropolis and soak up the atmosphere of the capital's vibrant neighborhoods! Next, go island-hopping to discover the paradise beaches of Mykonos and the sublime sunsets of Santorini, two of the most sought-after Greek islands.
9 days trip including flights*
9 days and 8 nights in destination
LON - ATH
JTR - LON
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to dive into the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? Head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Athens *, the Greek capital. Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel, in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant Athenian neighbourhoods and sampling delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Athens today with a guided sightseeing tour. Begin with a panoramic tour of the city to see the Parliament Building, the University, National Library and Academy of Arts. Be awe-struck by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, carved from marble and famous as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Next, pay a visit to the spectacular Athens Acropolis to explore one of the most famous archaeological sites on earth! Walk in the footsteps of the greats and finish the tour with an eye-opening visit to the New Acropolis Museum, home to the most impressive treasures unearthed from the Acropolis and ancient Athens.* The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city come nightfall and dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Alternatively, why not opt for an excursion to the amazing Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion?** Overnight stay in Athens.
* If you are visiting the Acropolis in 2022, the entrance fee is not included and must be paid directly at the destination (approx. 30 euros per person). From January 1st 2023, the entrance fee will be included.
Please note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.
** Optional Excursion to Cape Sounion: Set off for Cape Sounion to see the amazing Temple of Poseidon, the ruins of which date back to the Golden Age of Athens. Overlooking the sea, the silhouette of this ancient temple is one of the most picturesque sights in Greece. Entrance fee to be paid at the destination (approx. 10 euros per person).
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day to explore the delights of Athens at your leisure. Go sightseeing at the numerous historical sites and make the most of the relaxed cafe culture and charming streets of Athens at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the mysterious sanctuary of Delphi, one of the most captivating archaeological sites in the country!* Overnight stay in Athens.
*Optional Excursion to Delphi: Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova before arriving at Delphi, once the center of the Ancient World! Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Mount Parnassus, and uncover the mysterious legend of the Oracle of Delphi as you tour the ruins of the Treasury and the Temple of Apollo. Also visit the Delphi Museum, home to incredible Ancient Greek relics. Stop for lunch in the modern village of Delphi before returning to Athens.
Enjoy breakfast*, before setting off for Piraeus Port to catch a ferry to Mykonos. Journey across the Aegean Sea to the Cyclades Island group before finally arriving in Mykonos. One of the most popular Greek islands, Mykonos combines picture-perfect beaches, charming towns and vibrant nightlife. A hedonistic paradise, Mykonos is instantly recognisable by its windmills and renowned for its unforgettable sunsets. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Mykonos.
* Please note: You may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast this morning due to the early departure time of the ferry to Mykonos.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a laid-back day at your leisure in stylish Mykonos. The island is well-known for its beautiful beaches. We recommend visiting the beaches of Agios Ioannis, one of the most spectacular beaches on the island or Elia Beach, home to the longest stretch of sand on the island. Overnight stay in Mykonos.
Enjoy breakfast, before setting off to Mykonos Port to catch a ferry to Santorini. One of Greece's best-loved islands, Santorini is known for its blue-roofed houses and soul-stirring sunsets. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure to explore the town and dine in style as you watch the sun slowly set over the Aegean Sea. Overnight stay in Santorini.
Breakfast at the hotel. Another day at leisure to enjoy the splendid island of Santorini. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. Known for its pretty white and blue houses, paradises beaches and lively nightlife, Santorini is the perfect place for a laid-back escape! Discover the highlights of the island with our full-day Santorini bus tour.* Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Full-Day Santorini Bus Tour: Discover the highlights of Santorini on a full-day bus tour. Pay a visit to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site for a guided tour, talk a stroll through the traditional village of Emporio and enjoy some free time at Perissa Beach, the most famous black sand beach on the island. Take in the views from Profitis Ilias Mountain and enjoy wine tasting at Santorini Wine Museum, a family-run business nestled within a cave before ending the day in Oia, where you can watch the legendary Santorini sunset!
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure on Greece's most glamorous and cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillaea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Alternatively, we recommend a fabulous half-day cruise to discover the natural wonders of the Santorini caldera! Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise: Set sail across Santorini's beautiful caldera to visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 6-hour cruise. Board the sightseeing boat at the port and admire Santorini’s cliffs as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Here, enjoy some free time to walk around the volcanic crater and swim in the therapeutic hot springs. Afterwards, sail on to Thirassia to enjoy the traditional charms of this lesser-known island and explore its quiet villages. Free time for lunch before cruising back to Santorini.
Breakfast at the hotel.* After an unforgettable journey through Greece's ancient sites and idyllic islands, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to Santorini airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. *.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Achilleas Hotel, Attalos Hotel, Dorian Inn, Evita Asty, Evripides Hotel, Hotel Katerina, Parnon Hotel.
Included activity for day 2 in Acropolis of Athens
Duration 04:45h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour
Discover the sights of both modern and ancient Athens including Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees (approx. 30 euros per person) be paid at destination.
What's included: The Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum Not included: Meals and any other service not mentioned above
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 2
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx
Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion
Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion
Suggested activity for day 3 in Delphi
Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:44 Approx
Full-Day Excursion to Delphi
Discover Delphi, once the centre of the Ancient World! Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and uncover the mysterious legend of the Oracle of Delphi as you tour the ruins and visit the Delphi Museum. Lunch included.
What's included: Lunch
Suggested activity for day 7 in Santorini
Duration 10:00h Approx.
Full-Day Santorini Bus Tour & Sunset
Visit Akrotiri Archaeological Site for a guided tour, talk a stroll through Emporio, relax on Perissa Beach, take in the views from Profitis Ilias Mountain and enjoy wine tasting at Santorini Wine Museum before ending the day in Oia to watch the sunset.
What's included: Pick-up and drop-off from selected meeting points, guided tour of Akrotiri Archaeological Site with experienced archaeologist, Wine Museum entrance fee with wine tasting, free time in Oia or Fira to watch the sunset. Not included: Entrance fees to archaeological site, gratuities, food and drinks, hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Suggested activity for day 8 in Santorini
Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx
Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise
Visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 6-hour cruise. Cruise to Nea Kameni to walk around the volcanic crater and swim in the therapeutic hot springs. Afterwards, sail on to the peaceful island of Thirassia before cruising back to Santorini.
What's included: Guide, taxes & hotel pick-up. Not included: Guide at the volcano: 5€ per person entrance fee.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
- International flights: UK/Ireland - Athens, Santorini - UK/Ireland.
- 8 nights hotel accommodation in Charm category hotels.See hotels included
- 8 breakfasts.
- All transfers
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Ferry transfers: Piraeus - Mykonos - Santorini. *more information
Drinks, entrance fees,* city taxes and tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Please consult the itinerary for details of the entrance fee costs.
A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
* In case of adverse conditions, there may be changes to the ferry timings.
Please keep in mind that the ferry ride from Piraeus (Athens) to Paros takes approximately 4 hours, and from Paros to Santorini takes approximately 3 hours.
• We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece. City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
• We cannot guarantee rooms with a sea view in the Greek Islands.
• The group may be allocated in different hotels depending on group size and hotel availability.
• Hotel ratings in Greece are not governed by the same standards as those in the US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.
• This itinerary is a semi independent tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.
• Beach chairs / sun loungers are not included.
• Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.
• For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.
- Entry requirementsValid passport.
- VisaNo visa is required.
- Electricity230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
- Time zoneUTC + 02:00.
- Tourist Office websitewww.visitgreece.gr
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children: 4 - 11 years.
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A wonderful trip to Greece
Just returned from a wonderful trip to Greece. Everything happened as I was told when I booked. I am looking forward to my November trip to Egypt and Jordan. I will be expecting the same high-quality service I experienced in Greece.